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Article Series: Fusion on a Mac
Summary
This series of articles documents an experience of installing, working with, and playing with VMware Fusion on a reasonably powerful iMac. On this iMac, a few virtual machines have been created with various operating systems - Windows Vista Ultimate, Ubuntu (Linux) Desktop, and Ubuntu (Linux) Server. Also installed and tested several powerful applications like Microsoft Office Ultimate, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Eclipse, and LAMP Servers on these virtual machines. These articles go from installing Fusion to comparing various virtual machines created with it. These articles also discuss the pros and cons of virtual machines, running online video on virtual machines, and compare browsers, office applications, and programming tools across virtual machines.

Articles in this Series
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This article documents getting and installing VMware Fusion virtualization software on an iMac running OS X. The iMac used here is reasonably powerful. The hard disk size requirements and the operating systems to be installed are also discussed. This article includes several screenshots of installing Fusion.
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This article goes through creating Windows Vista Ultimate virtual machine on Mac OS X using VMware Fusion. Here a Windows Vista Ultimate virtual machine is created with 1 GB of RAM and 40 GB of hard disk space. Several screenshots of creating the Vista virtual machine are also included in this article.
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This article discusses using Windows Vista Ultimate virtual machine on a Mac created and managed with VMware Fusion. Various advantages and disadvantages of using Vista virtual machine this way are discussed. Modes of usage (single window, full screen, and unity) are also discussed. Getting online video from the Vista virtual machine, the effect of Fusion on Aero, and getting automatic updates from inside the virtual machine are also discussed. Plenty of screenshots included.
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This article goes through installing Microsoft Office on Windows Vista virtual machine created with VMware’s Fusion. Here MS Office Ultimate is installed on Windows Vista Ultimate virtual machine. Getting PDF and XPS file format functionality for MS Office is also discussed.
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This article discusses using Microsoft Office for Windows on a Mac, where Windows Vista has been installed as a virtual machine using VMware Fusion. The exact version of Office is Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate (for Windows). And the version of Windows is Windows Vista Ultimate. Notes and thoughts on performance, usage, user interface, etc. are included. Copy-Pasting data and opening files across operating systems are also discussed.
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This article goes through installing SQL Server on Windows virtual machine. This Windows virtual machine has been created with VMware Fusion. The versions used here are SQL Server 2008 and Windows Vista Ultimate. Several screenshots of SQL Server installation on a virtual machine are also included.
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This article talks about using SQL Server in a virtual environment. Here the operating system installed is Windows Vista Ultimate on a Mac using VMware Fusion. The DBMS version used is SQL Server 2008. Adventure Works database is installed on top of this in the virtual environment and tested by issuing queries and creating database diagrams inside SQL Server Management Studio. Simple testing is also done with SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio on Windows virtual machine.
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This article talks about installing Visual Studio on a Windows virtual machine installed on a Mac with VMware Fusion. Here the versions used are Visual Studio 2008, Windows Vista Ultimate, and VMware Fusion 2.01. Discussions on size, installed features, and MSDN are also included in this article.
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This article has notes and thoughts on using Visual Studio on a Windows Vista virtual machine that was created on a Mac using VMware Fusion. Here the versions used are Visual Studio 2008 Professional and Windows Vista Ultimate. The virtualization software is VMware Fusion 2.01 on a reasonably powerful iMac. Several sample applications (command line, Windows Forms, Web, and Games applications) are compiled and tested from Visual Studio 2008 in a Vista virtual machine on a Mac.
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This article talks about installing Ubuntu Linux virtual machine on a Mac with VMware Fusion. Details of the size of the Ubuntu Linux virtual machine are discussed. Also discussed is downloading and installing automatic updates to Ubuntu from within the virtual machine. Screenshots for the installation and updates are included.
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This article talks about using Ubuntu (Linux) on a Mac. This Linux virtual machine has been installed as a virtual machine using VMware Fusion. Here are some notes and thoughts on using that virtual machine. Couple of programming environments (Python from command line and Eclipse) are shown here. OpenOffice apps, sound, video, and Internet usage from this Ubuntu virtual machine are also discussed. Screenshots of how Ubuntu looks as a virtual machine are also included.
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This article talks about the usage and experience of running Windows Vista, Ubuntu Linux desktop and Ubuntu Linux server virtual machines on an iMac running OS X. VMware Fusion was used for creating these virtual machines. Sizes of these virtual machines after the installation of operating systems and some applications are also discussed. Browsers, office applications, and programming tools are compared across these three operating systems. And finally, the article closes with several pros and cons of virtual machines and Fusion.
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